Sinuses are air filled spaces around the nasal cavity. If bacterias or viruses remain in the sinus cavities, inflammation of the sinus may occur. Sinusitis is the name given to sinus inflammation.
Sinusitis can be classified into 3 subheadings:
Acute sinusitis: lasts less than 1 month.
Subacute sinusitis: lasts from 1-3 months.
Chronic sinusitis: lasts more than 3 months.
Symptoms and causes of sinusitis
Nasal congestion, yellow-green nose and nasal discharge, pain around the face, teeth and eyes, cough, common cold conditions lasting more than 1 week are the most well known symptoms of sinusitis. Fever, fatigue, sore throat are rare symptoms of sinusitis.
Influenza viruses transmitted to the sinuses from the upper respiratory tract cause sinusitis. In cases such as asthma, allergic rhinitis and smoking, sinusitis may become chronic.
Endoscopic sinus surgery in chronic sinusitis
In chronic sinusitis, endoscopic sinus surgery is preferred when there is no response to painkillers, antibiotics and saline treatments lasting 1-2 months.
Endoscopic sinus surgery corrects polyps and anatomical disorders that obstruct the canals of the sinuses. The surgery performed with endoscopes and micro surgical instruments is successful with the right physician selection. Depending on the patient's condition, the operation is completed under local or general anesthesia in 1-2 hours.
Pain relief treatment is applied in post-operative pain situations. The patient is discharged on the same day. Patients can return to their daily life after the first week.